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Vineyards That Tell A Story

Finding the Unforgettable

Our story begins in the Russian River Valley, where Gary Farrell made his first wines on handshake deals with the region's iconic growers - Rochioli, Allen, Bacigalupi - who captured the wonders of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Today, our odyssey is no different. We begin and end in the vineyard, searching for the exceptional and sharing that with you.
Rochioli Vineyard
Aerial view of the Russian River lined with trees, vineyards, and mountains in the distance

Neighborhoods: A Concept of Site-Specific Farming

The Russian River Valley AVA is comprised of six distinct neighborhoods: Middle Reach, Santa Rosa Plain, Green Valley, Sebastopol Hills, Laguna Ridge, and Eastern Hills. Each has its own story to tell, and we have spent decades discovering, learning, and sharing those stories through our collection of site-specific wines. Our innate curiosity and thirst for new stories to smell, taste, and feel has expanded beyond the Russian River Valley and continues to provide us with constant inspiration.
  • Russian River Valley AVA
  • Sonoma County
  • Santa Barbara County
Santa Rita Hills
Santa Barbara County
Vineyards: Sanford & Benedict, La Rinconada
Climate: The complexity of these wines come from a combination of east-west valleys, cool weather, fog, wind and soil that all limit vigor, thus intensifying flavors and concentration.
Santa Maria Valley
Santa Barbara County
Vineyards: Bien Nacido
Climate: The rare east-west orientation of this valley channels cool fog in, saturating the vineyards with ocean air and creating a Mediterranean climate with one of the longest growing seasons around.
Sonoma Valley
Sonoma County
Vineyards: Delaney, Durell
Climate: One of the oldest AVA’s in Sonoma County, the variety of coastal fog, steep mountains, rolling benchlands and fertile plains are the basis for a region of immense diversity.
Petaluma Gap
Sonoma County
Vineyards: Gap's Crown, Terra De Promissio
Climate: Sonoma County’s “gateway” from the coast, wind is funneled through and picks up speed in the afternoon, creating a wind tunnel effect that influences yields and crop size.
Fort Ross Seaview
Sonoma County
Vineyards: Fort Ross
Climate: Situated in the vast Sonoma Coast appellation, this AVA is defined as much by its elevation as its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, with ridges extending above the fog line.
Dry Creek Valley
Sonoma County
Vineyards: Grist
Climate: Located north of Russian River Valley, the rocky and well-drained soil combined with a climate similar to Bordeaux make this an ideal place for zinfandel to grow and thrive.
Sebastopol Hills
Russian River Valley AVA
Vineyards: McDonald Mountain
Climate: The southernmost neighborhood in the region is defined by cool, coastal breezes from the nearby Petaluma Wind Gap that give the wines here their trademark acidity.
Green Valley
Russian River Valley AVA
Vineyards: Galante, Goff, Hallberg, Lakeview, Lancel Creek, Wat
Climate: This is the foggiest and coolest neighborhood around with close proximity to the coast, and its singularity within the valley is why it is the only official sub-AVA in the region.
Santa Rosa Plain
Russian River Valley AVA
Vineyards: Cornerstone, Maffei, Martaella, Nonella, Olivet Lane, Parnell Ranch, Toboni
Climate: Lower elevations create a shallow space where cool, morning fog sinks down to a unique, clay-based soil, giving us some of the coolest temperatures in the Russian River Valley.
Middle Reach
Russian River Valley AVA
Vineyards: Allen, Amann, Bacigalupi, Green Pastures, Hoeschler, Hop Kiln Estate, Landy, Lazy W, Patient Terrier, Ritchie, Rochioli, Starscape, Westside Farms
Climate: The Russian River carves through the landscape here, passing by the most iconic vineyards in the area and creating the most dramatic diurnal shifts in the Valley.

We are driven to these vineyards because of their unique voices. Our job is to capture and share their stories.

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